Bachmann's Egypt remarks "unbelievable, ludicrous... comic if it wasn't so painful," expert says [VIDEO]

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Bachmann's comments in Cairo on Sunday might've been better suited for Saturday night on NBC.
Michele Bachmann's remarks about the Muslim Brotherhood during her weekend visit to Egypt were so preposterous, one expert on the country compared them to a Saturday Night Live skit.

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In other words, unfortunately, it's business as usual.

Bachmann visited Egypt with two other congressional kings of unintentional comedy -- Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas (one of our "10 Weirdest Members of Congress") and Representative Steve King of Iowa (read out post about how out of touch King is regarding rape here).

During a news conference yesterday, Bachmann falsely blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 terror attacks while Gohmert compared the leader of Egypt's brutal military takeover to George Washington. (Would Washington be alright with shooting unarmed protesters or suspending the rule of law? We think not, but Gohmert nonetheless praised Egyptian General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi for creating a government where the rule of law is "king," according to a New York Times report.)

"We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil," Bachmann said, according to the Times. "We remember who caused 9/11. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans."

America and Egypt "have that common enemy, the terrorists who have shown themselves so recently in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood," Bachmann continued. "We don't have a choice. They must be defeated."

In truth, the Brotherhood condemned the 9/11 attacks, which, of course, were the work of Al Qaeda.

The NYT report details some expert reaction to the comments made by Bachmann and her friends (emphasis ours):
"We have a confluence of interests among the coup leaders in Egypt and Islamophobes in the Congress," said Samer Shehata, a political scientist at the University of Oklahoma who studies Egypt and the Brotherhood.

He called the lawmakers' statements "utterly absurd" and compared the conference to "a 'Saturday Night Live' skit -- unbelievable, ludicrous, almost comic if it wasn't so painful."

Shadi Hamid, research director of the Brookings Doha Center, said it was especially "concerning" that members of Congress appeared "so unaware of the basic facts of 9/11."
So much for the détente we were feeling toward Michele last week following her surprisingly reasonable comments about the possibility of American military intervention in Syria.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Here's video of the press conference:



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27 comments
Ellenson
Ellenson

Cuckoo for cocoa puffs...

Peter May Jr.
Peter May Jr.

Whether intentionally or not, she trolls better than anyone on the planet.

Jessi Brennan
Jessi Brennan

A herpe. Good comparison. There's no cure for what she has. :D

Andy Larson
Andy Larson

I can't wait to see who the next boogie man or woman will be to distract democrats from their own morally bankrupt party. She has been the gift that keeps on giving for a good decade now. Democrats need a nut job replacement asap.

Gabriel Millerd
Gabriel Millerd

Hilarious that she was elected, those people must be inspired.

DAvid Schnell
DAvid Schnell

she needs to ride the light rail a few times and search her feelings about this

green23
green23 topcommenter

As late as 2007, polls were showing that a majority of Republicans believed that Iraq was responsible for 9/11. Now, "everybody knows" (i.e. Republicans) that it was a group in Egypt - which explains the Iraq invasion, somehow. It's probably Obama's fault that we invaded Iraq, anyway. To add stupidity to the idiocy, the same people who say we have no business in Syria's civil unrest think that we have a role in Egypt's civil unrest. And they are the same people that accused anyone criticising Bush of "treason".

They think that everyone else forgets as easily as they do.

Ann Zaiser
Ann Zaiser

I wonder if they quietly sent her to Egypt the week of the Syria stuff to keep her big mouth from mucking that up.

Margaret Millington
Margaret Millington

What a trio to send -- The 3 Stooges Go To Cairo!!! No wonder America is so reviled.

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

The greatest threat to Old Fashioned American values are the "people" that continue to use blind faith to elect officials who out right lie to get elected

Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen

they let her out of the country? thats just scary !!

Darcy Lynn
Darcy Lynn

Ugh.. I wish MN wasn't attached to her.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Micky Cupcakes is always willing to outdo her own absurdity. You go girl.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

She's allowed because apparently her constituents (enough for her to win) love her, which amazes me. She is ludicrous.

j.reiter
j.reiter

I don't get why we have to segregate the Muslims, if we truely live in a world of equality aren't they all responsible for the persecution of Americans on 9/11? 

This is the same type of thinking that blames all white men for slavery and injustice; and I don't see too many communists arguing that the tax system or affirmative action are unfair because they primarily target white people.

You are all just hypocritical haters. especially you MicheleBachmann (Loser)

Sebastian Galdames
Sebastian Galdames

Why are these people aloud to represent our country over seas? Idiots.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Michele is the perfect representation of the modern Republican.  They are all nothing but stupid bigots too evil to have shame.  They are always wrong and poorly informed.  Anyone that votes for a Republican is choosing to make America weaker.  EriK Paulsen&John Kline votes and thinks the exact same way Michele does but they just hide it better.  Where are the great Minnesota GOP leaders who will call her out for this bigot nonsense?   Oh right, there are none.  Learn a lesson people.  The Republicans are fucking this country up.   Stop voting for the party of the stupid old bigot.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You realize that you're an Obama supporter, right?

j.reiter
j.reiter

It's pretty absurd to speak about yourself in the third person Michele Bachmann.  You are half right, the Republicans are ruining the country along with their co-conspirators the Democrats.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Exactly. The only one anybody should support is the guy who orders drone strikes on children while wearing his Nobel Peace Medal.

If you identify yourself as a democrat or a republican, you are a fool. Plain and simple.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran what if you are the guy. are you a fool if you identify as a republican and are an elected official. someone who is leeching from the table of society and gathering great amounts of wealth. is that man a fool?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Ouch. Good burn.

It's obviously relevant because that fool still believes an assault weapon was used at Newtown, even though there was never any evidence to suggest it. Autopsies revealed two pistols were the murder weapon, yet he still clings on to his warped reality no matter how much fact you put in front of him.

Stop being a robo-pussy, it can't be fun.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran is a self loathing gun nerd. 

semantics involving gun specifications is about the dumbest thing anyone posts anywhere.

your nt in military so STFU

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

What is HAARPO? Tell us about how you still believe an AR-15 was the murder weapon at Newtown. Or how Obama is nothing but love.

Whenever I'm reading your posts I always think to myself "goddamn I'm glad I'm not this fool." Thanks for that.

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